Black Cat Cruises

Akaroa, Canterbury
All year round

An award winning cruise

Journey to the historic French village of Akaroa, the gateway to Black Cat Cruise’s daily expeditions. Encounter Hector’s dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, coastal birds and more. Dolphin Guarantee; if you don’t see any Hector’s dolphins you can cruise again for free. Bring your camera and sense of adventure as you cruise aboard Akaroa’s largest, most spacious and stable catamaran and enjoy free tea and coffee. Allow 2 hours for your Akaroa Nature Cruise. All year round. Check online for times.



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Black Cat Cruises


Main Wharf


03 304 7641



Proper ramps to enable customers to get on and off the Black Cat. Once on the Black Cat you will have access to a wide area of the bottom deck at the stern (rear) of the boat. The top deck is only accessible via a relatively steep set of steps. The bow area is not accessible because its quite a narrow walk up each side (too narrow for a wheelchair). You also have access to the main cabin of the vessel though this means you have to get over a 30cm lip from the back deck. In the back of the boat you will be able to see the harbour and the dolphins provided they circle the boat, which they normally do. It is however not the quietest part of the boat when she is travelling at speed because the engines are in the back. Unfortunately the toilets on board Black Cat are not wheelchair friendly.


Akaroa is located around 80 to 90 minutes drive from Christchurch city and Christchurch International Airport. Once in Akaroa, continue along Rue Lavaud, which turns into Beach Rd. Look for the long wharf in the centre of the town. You’ll see a large blue building on the wharf with a dolphin mural painted on the roof.

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